So…this first week of true entrepreneurship has been monumental. Audrey, Grace & Izzy was conceived almost 2 years ago but was finally born Thanksgiving Day 2016. For me this is a tremendous accomplishment, especially as I look at how my vision evolved from me just having an interest in jewelry to developing an actual business concept in which I would offer beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry to women while serving a much higher purpose…celebrating women as they are, seeing each woman as a worthy and powerful creation exactly as she is and serving as a conduit for women to feel good and be seen so that she can go out into the world and do some good. During this first week of business, I learned that I am so passionate about the women that I serve that I can be brought to tears on Periscope while talking about my why. Anyone who truly knows me, knows that I dislike crying in public because I do not have a pretty cry and lets face it, it is uncomfortable; however, a true measure of growth is the willingness to be vulnerable and realize that those tears are beautiful. I can say that I have grown. I also learned that once you have a vision, you can not allow yourself to be swayed by looking at what is currently being done or what has been done before. The vision is in the eye of the beholder and does not have to look like everyone else’s or have anyone else’s approval. The only thing that matters is your vision and your willingness to stick with it so that it can be born. There are people who think that Audrey, Grace & Izzy should only be about the jewelry, and I say, that is fine if you want to look at it on the surface, but for me and forever, my focus will always be on the women who wear my product.